Have you ever had mulligatawny? Best soup ever! It's basically a curry soup, most often made with chicken, vegetables, apples, and rice. Not only is it absolutely delicious, it's the perfect example of how one culture acquires food from another, and adapts it to their own taste.
Please forgive the exalted name of this simple dish. Like its black-eyed pea cousin Texas caviar, "eggplant caviar" has nothing to do with salty sturgeon eggs.
It is so named I suppose for several reasons. You place a dollop of it on a cracker to eat, it has somewhat of a tiny bumpy texture, and the taste is exquisite. It's not remotely fancy, but one can pretend, right?
My sweetheart came over to my parents the other day for dinner. He wasn't exactly thrilled when he heard we were having meatloaf, and insisted on taking only a very small piece. All that changed the minute he took his first bite. (You should have seen the expression on his face—that look of amazement? priceless.)